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Old 06-12-2011, 01:27 PM
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When my high blood pressure required medical intervention, my doctor suggested I purchase a home blood pressure monitor. I went to discount drugs and bought the cheapest monitor available. The first problem I had was the pressure cuff took three n\hands to apply and the Velcro attachment was so small that when the device inflated it would break loose. Then I would refit the cuff only to have the same problem when the inflation reached the upper limits that my blood pressure had reached. I am certain that my blood pressure increased every time I attempted to use the device. It made a quick trip to the thrift store donation box.

My doctor then suggested the device he uses an Omron HEM-775 which I paid $59 for at Costco. My previous experience with the inflator cuff was over. The Omron cuff has a spring steel insert that holds it in place while I hook the Velcro together.

The features are many and operate well. There is a "User A/B switch that allows two people to monitor and record blood pressures on the same machine. It operates on standard 100 volt with an AC adapter, however I like the portability of the Omron so I operate it on 4 double batteries that have lasted well over six months.

The Omron keeps a running record of both users statistics, both morning and evening, which is an excellent feature since my doctor wants me to keep a record. It is so much easier to go to the machine, write down the recent readings, and give them to my doctor on my next visit. You might want to take it with you and you could check its accuracy with the doctor's findings. I have found it to be most accurate.

I don't know how many readings are recorded but I know it is more that adequate for 60 days or more. The large digital display is a benefit for those of us sighted challenged. It offers a myriad of readings including Systolic/Diastolic. heart rate, with a display of numbers and a beating hearty, the date and time, and as few others. It will even give you an error display if you fail to keep your arm quiet and steady during testing.

The size is somewhat larger than the low price models, however the whole unit has a clear plastic hinged cover that snaps over the whole device.
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